What is it like living with hurricanes in Florida? | What to do!

Dated: August 27 2021

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Are you curious about what is like to be in a hurricane right here in Florida, or maybe some preparations things like that you need to do? That is what we are going to talk about. Let us get in to it!

What is going on, it is Andrew with the Emerald Group right here in EXP Realty. Listen if you are trying to figure out everything you need to know about the Emerald Coast from Pensacola to Panama and everything in between you are in the right website. Stay tuned!

Listen if you want to know more about the Florida Panhandle and the surrounding areas go ahead and reach out to us whichever way makes sense for you. You can call, text, email, whatever you want. We have got your back when it comes to moving here to the Emerald Coast.

Let us start with “What you need to do to prepare?”:

Build an emergency preparedness kit. This kit needs to include food, water, medicines, and supplies to last for a few days. Other items you may want to add are batteries, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. 

Have many ways to receive alerts. Download applications on your smartphone to get alerts in real-time before and during the storm Because you may be relying heavily on your phone, you may want to make sure it is charged when you receive word that a storm is coming your way. You may also want to invest in a battery-operated portable radio in the event of a loss of electricity. 

Make an emergency plan and practice it. It is best to craft this plan with your family so everyone will know what to do in the event of an actual emergency. This includes knowing an evacuation route if your family needs to leave your home and find a place to shelter. Also, make sure that your plan encompasses what to do in the event that the family is not altogether. 

Follow protocol and guidance from local authorities. If asked to evacuate, do so within a timely manner.

Be ready to evacuate or stay at home.

Always listen to authorities regarding whether you should evacuate or stay at home.

If a hurricane is coming, you may hear an order from authorities to evacuate (leave your home). Never ignore an order to evacuate. Even sturdy, well-built houses may not hold up against a hurricane. Staying home to protect your property is not worth risking your health and safety.

You may hear an order to stay at home. If driving conditions are dangerous, staying at home might be safer than leaving.

If you need to evacuate:

Grab your emergency supply kit and only take what you really need with you (cell phone, chargers, medicines, identification like a passport or license, and cash).

Unplug your appliances. If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.

Follow the roads that emergency workers recommend even if there’s traffic. Other routes might be blocked or flooded. Never drive through flooded areas—cars and other vehicles can be swept away or may stall in just 6 inches of moving water.

Get your car ready.

Make sure your car is ready before the storm hits.

Fill your car’s gas tank.

DO NOT walk, swim, or drive in floodwaters or go outside. Six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and just a foot of water can sweep your car away. 

If you need to stay home:

Keep your emergency supply kit in a place you can easily access.

Listen to the radio or TV for updates on the hurricane.

Stay inside. Even if it looks calm, don’t go outside. Wait until you hear or see an official message that the hurricane is over. Sometimes, weather gets calm in the middle of a storm but then quickly gets bad again.

Stay away from windows—you could get hurt by pieces of broken glass or flying debris during a storm. Stay in a room with no windows, or go inside a closet.

Be ready to leave. If emergency authorities order you to leave or if your home is damaged, you may need to go to a shelter or a neighbor’s house.

Move to an interior room in your home away from windows and doors if strong winds occur. 

If you’re using a generator, use it outdoors away from windows. 

Get your home ready.

Clear your yard. Make sure there’s nothing that could blow around during the storm and damage your home. Move bikes, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks, and building material inside or under shelter.

Cover up windows and doors. Use storm shutters or nail pieces of plywood to the outside window frames to protect your windows. This can help keep you safe from pieces of shattered glass.

Be ready to turn off your power. If you see flooding, downed power lines, or you have to leave your home, switch your power off.

Fill clean water containers with drinking water. You’ll want to do this in case you lose your water supply during the storm. You can also fill up your sinks and bathtubs with water for washing.

Get the outside of your home ready. Secure any loose items such as hanging gutters and bring outdoor furniture into the home. Cutting down hanging tree limbs are also a great way to protect your home from potential damage. 

Consider flood insurance if you live in a flood-prone area. Not all homeowner/renter insurance policies cover damages from floodwaters. 

Ensure important documents are up to date and in a safe place. Make copies of documents like your driver’s license or state-issued ID, birth certificate, Social Security card, and insurance policies and add them to your emergency kit. 

That is all for my blog. Thanks for sticking with me to the end! Until next time.

See ya!

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